About Me

Thanks for stopping by! So you want to know a little more about me and my blog? Here’s some info in the form of a Q&A.

Q. Who are you, anyway?

I’m Ashlea, an excitable Australian with a passion for photography and exploring the world. I’m also known for being super-organised, having a stationery addiction, and being a tad obsessed with maps.

I grew up in Hobart (AUS), and have also spent time living in Newcastle (AUS), Sydney (AUS), and New York City (USA). I moved from Australia to the US in 2015, then in 2017 I moved back to Australia to live in Sydney.

My husband, Rob, happens to be as travel-obsessed as I am. We’re both 100% vegetarian and travel responsibly and sustainably wherever possible.

Miyajima, Japan

Rob and I in Miyajima, Japan – June 2019

Q. How did this blog come about?

In July 2014, I was sitting at my desk contemplating our plans to move to USA. Wondering whether I’d use Facebook to share my travels with my friends and family, I realised that as an ex-travel agent and frequent traveller, I had so much more to offer than a few quickly forgotten photos. It was at that moment that I decided to compile my knowledge and stories into a blog.

Over the years, A Globe Well Travelled has grown into an online resource for a number of travel-related topics including travel photography, trip planningtravel jobseco travel, and minimalismMy mission is to inspire people to live an adventurous and sustainable lifestyle.

Sintra, Portugal

Sightseeing in Sintra, Portugal – September 2018

Q. What’s your travel experience?

My family travelled around Australia often as I was growing up. I took my first international trip to Europe when I was 18, and from that moment on I was addicted.

On top of heading abroad with my family, I’ve also tried venturing solo and travelling with friends. I head abroad with Rob on most of my current trips, and I accept the occasional press trip where I travel solo or in a group with other bloggers.

I’ve tried many different forms of travel from backpacking in hostels to luxury cruising, but I generally consider myself a budget traveller. I’ll scour the internet to find good deals on flights, accommodation, and tours, making sure that I travel comfortably but never paying more than I need to.

I love city-hopping and can easily spend hours watching people on the street from inside a local coffee shop, but I also love exploring naturally beautiful places and using my camera to capture the essence of the destination. The countries I have visited so far are:

Australia / Austria / The Bahamas / Barbados / Belgium / Bolivia / Canada / China / Colombia / Croatia / Czech Republic / Denmark / Fiji / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hong Kong / Hungary / Iceland / Indonesia / Ireland / Italy / Japan / Malaysia / Mexico / Monaco / Netherlands / New Zealand / Peru / Poland / Portugal / Russia / Singapore / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / Thailand / Ukraine / United Kingdom / United States / Vatican City

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Where I've been

Q. Where are you going next?

I generally decide on my next trip only a few months in advance. My next international trip is to New Zealand in September, then I’ll likely be heading to Europe over Christmas/New Year.

My ultimate travel goal is to visit every continent. I’ve crossed off 44 countries over 5 continents so far, with only Africa and Antarctica still unchecked!

Q. How do you make money?

I’m currently a university student here in Australia, and I freelance my skills in travel writingcontent management, and social media management on the side. I don’t make loads of money through this blog, but every now and then I take part in press trips to market new destinations, and I occasionally monetize my posts through sponsorships and affiliate links.

New York City, 2015

Moving to New York City – July 2015

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